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The Ending of the Day

The last of the sun’s rays strike the bell tower and the cells opposite. Beneath the ancient walls, three bedouin on camels make their way home.

Ἐπιλύχνιος Εὐχαριστία

Φῶς ἱλαρὸν ἁγίας δόξης ἀθανάτου Πατρός, οὐρανίου, ἁγίου, μάκαρος, Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, ἐλθόντες ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλίου δύσιν, ἰδόντες φῶς ἑσπερινόν, ὑμνοῦμεν Πατέρα, Υἱόν, καὶ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, Θεόν. Ἄξιόν σε ἐν πᾶσι καιροῖς ὑμνεῖσθαι φωναῖς αἰσίαις, Υἱὲ Θεοῦ, ζωὴν ὁ διδούς· διὸ ὁ κόσμος σὲ δοξάζει.

Thanksgiving at the Lighting of the Lamps

O gladsome light of the holy glory of the immortal Father, who is heavenly, Holy, Blessed, O Jesu Christ, having come unto the going down of the sun, having beheld the evening light, we hymn Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God. Meet it is that at all times thou shouldest be hymned with auspicious voices, O Son of God, who givest life; wherefore the world glorifieth thee.

(translated by J N W B Robertson, 1894)

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